Bethesda Historical Society

We're celebrating the 150th birthday of Bethesda in 2021!

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Montgomery Farm Women’s Cooperative Market

For two years the women worked to prepare themselves and their products for the market place. At their club meetings, the women, with the help of specialists in nutrition, poultry, dairy products, and animal husbandry, worked to standardize their products. Potential products were brought to the meetings to be checked and graded. This process went […]

Ghosts of covenants past

“I wonder if W.C. and A.N. Miller (and its 20th century contemporaries still in business today) has ever been called to answer for its decades of discriminatory suburban residential development and the lingering effects those practices that are found throughout Montgomery County?” In the mid-1940s, the firm subdivided former agricultural properties southwest of River Road […]

Bethesda Country Club

“The establishment now known as Bethesda Country Club began its illustrious history when the Bethesda Country Club Corporation purchased the current site from the Washington Aviation Country Club in 1947. The 156-acre plot consisted of a clubhouse, two tennis courts, nine-hole golf course, and sold for $360,000. The 81 original members of BCC began to […]

A Brief Spiritual Biography of Bethesda Presbyterian Church

Historically, Bethesda Presbyterian Church is recognized as “the church that named Bethesda.” However, today’s ministry focuses on the present urbanization of the community. The current structure has been located in downtown Bethesda for almost 100 years, but the congregation had previously served the southern part of Montgomery County at two other locations for 200 years […]

Battery Park History

After World War I, four military officers formed a real estate development company. Major H.C. Maddux assumed the presidency of Maddux, Marshall, Moss & Mallory. From their company headquarters located at the National Capital Building (923 15th Street), they controlled and managed five of Washington’s most prominent hotels as well as Washington Gardens, Garrett Park, […]